Grateful Dead Live at Berkeley Community Theatre on 1984-11-02
Jack Straw ->
Smokestack Lightnin' ->
Help On The Way ->
Lost Sailor ->
Saint Of Circumstance
Wharf Rat ->
Gimme Some Lovin' ->
Playing In the Band Reprise ->
Collection GratefulDeadBand/Artist Grateful DeadVenue Berkeley Community TheatreLocation Berkeley, CASource SBDLineage Lineage for set 1: Master Cassette> Cassette> DAT> CD> SHN Lineage for set 2: PCM> DAT> CD> SHNTransferred by Charlie Miller; Peter Braverman
Some kinda flip between space and Playing, I'm guessing a PCM tape change. Hard to tell how much is missing, but it's definitely something.
This soundboard has been one of the most elusive of the Eighties, and must surely rank as one of the best and most adventurous shows of the middle of that decade. It contains some downright oddities, including the last three songs of the first set. ("Iko" was only played one other time in that position, on 10-24-90, though it seems like a natural there.) This is also the first performance of "Gimme Some Lovin," and the last "Casey Jones" for almost eight years.
Many thanks to Charlie Miller for the discs. Normalized, retracked, and seeded by Peter Braverman (firstname.lastname@example.org), May 2002.
September 9, 2012
As of now this is the best source. Some kind of delay weirdness on the other Miller board almost like happens on some matrices (which that is not). You can hear it in the vocals on Wharf Rat best. This is a big improvement.
Great show. Not totally perfect but really nice spacey playing and good set list. I don't find the HSF all that flawed. Whatever flubs the jamming makes up for it in spades.
Fall '84 just has so many gems it is hard to go brutally wrong with any show. The next night is as close to that as you get IMO.
November 2, 2009
More Sloppy 80's
I listened to this based on the review below mine.
I stopped listening at Saint of Circumstance.
The vast majority of the music played here is a mess. And even when it starts to come together it quickly falls back apart.
Everyone has their own ears when it comes to this band, so you never know, you might enjoy this one.
For me it reminds me why its best to stick with 68-74.
February 20, 2009
Not the best of '84 but still notable
I had the second set of this show back in the day, it is nice to hear it as a board and Charlie has once again done an excellent job. Set one starts off with a fast paced Jack Straw that goes immediately into a wonderful Peggi-O. It is one of the best songs of the night. Brent plays some nice choral effects that deepen this version. Jerry's solo is clear and majestic. El Paso, which I saw in Hartford on the fall tour, suffers from miscues from Bob starting at the first verse and continues throughout the song. Musically Jerry makes it shine and then Jerry follows by playing Loser. A slight pun there for Bob? Jerry's screams at times and his voice is at it's worse maybe of his entire career, but his playing is intense. The end of the set is unique although Bob may be alittle too forceful with his vocals during Smokestack, but the band really gets into it and pushes on to a very good Spoonful. Aiko is played with exurberance and Jerry one agains shines on this version with a great solo.Phil is also very predominate in the mix this entire set.
Set two starts off with a fast paced Help with some minor vocal flubs from Garcia but clearly the band is up for some jamming and races to Slipknot! This is really where the night takes off and the band propels it self into that majestic space that over flows with intensity. The second half of the jam is very good. After a slight miscue at the end, they launch into a jubilant Franklin's inwhich Jerry really lays down some very sweet licks. Thre ending jam is a highlite of the night. The Sailor> Saint is epic as it had reached it full potential by this year. Once again Brent's playing adds great emotional depth to Bob's final pleadings in Lost Sailor, I would recommend 6/15/85, for an even more powerful example of this. They rock out Saint and the peaking jam has Phil playing these ascending and descending notes simultaneously, which resulting in an amazing moment. The energy is so high it is no surprise, although it is, that they drift into Wharf Rat, Jerry delivers this version with passion and force and Brent's sweet harmonies are a nice touch. The ending jam is off the charts.We get yet another break out surprise,Gimme Some lovin which explodes and cements the bond between and Brent and Phil, that started the previous summer in Merriweather, and even though it is a rough version you have to give it to them for pulling it off only like the Dead could only do. The Space is quite good and then you get a rock solid second half,finishing the Playin from 10/28, and then totally going old school with a stellar Bertha> Good Lovin. One more surprise is in store and you get a great Casey Jones. Jerry voice is the best on this last song too, enjoy!